15 credits at level HE7
The module introduces the student to the structural inspection and appraisal of buildings of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Students will learn about the assessment, repair, and upgrading of structures built of masonry, timber, cast and wrought iron, and mild steel.
The module will develop the student’s understanding and feeling of:
• how structural elements interact
• how buildings as a whole behave
• the impact of proposed alterations on an existing building
Although the module has no formal pre-requisites, students must have prior knowledge of structural element design of masonry, timber and steel using current design codes.
1. Introduction to historical aspects of construction
2. Assessment of the existing structure
• technique and report writing
• visual inspection
• survey work
• overall stability of the structure
• testing and monitoring
3. Common structural defects (superstructure and deterioration)
4. Old materials and techniques of construction
• Masonry construction
• Timber construction
• Cast iron, wrought iron and early steel
5. Introduction to a number of important related miscellaneous factors. This module forms a wide ranging introduction to a large subject area. Elements excluded from the module include foundations of buildings, foundation related defects and reinforced concrete.
A combination of lectures, case studies and design exercises will be used to improve the student’s ability to think flexibly and thoroughly. Visits to old buildings (possibly carried out as part of the student’s self study) will also be required.
At the end of the module, an open book extended examination will be used to test the students overall understanding of the subject.
Lectures and tutorials 3 x 13 = 39 hours
Private study and coursework = 107 hours
End examination = 4 hours
Total 150 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have gained an understanding of the structure of old buildings||produce a piece of work considering the structural aspects of one or more buildings|
|2.||be able to make an assessment of the age and the form of construction of old buildings||produce part of a structural appraisal report on an old building|
|3.||have gained an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of old construction materials||produce structural calculations quantifying the strength of old construction materials|
|4.||have been introduced to the common defects and remedies used in old buildings||identify defects and causes in an old building and design appropriate repairs|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay, report or other suitable, agreed piece of work on the structural appraisal and reuse of old buildings||Unseen examination covering the appraisal and re-use of an existing building or structure|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Structural renovation of traditional buildings, CIRIA Report 111
Appraisal of existing structures, current edition, IStructE
Guide to surveys and inspections of buildings and associated structures, current edition, IStructE
Historical structural steelwork handbook, BCSA Publication No. 11/84
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